Even the most experienced writers sometimes make mistakes while writing their article, script, essay and so on. Most of the time these are genuine spelling mistakes, but that doesn’t mean we have to continue making them of course!
Creating a convincing and professional looking article or video requires quite some work, so why have all your hard work ruined by some silly spelling mistakes? Spelling mistakes can not only undermine your authority, they can also confuse your audience. Therefore your audience will probably not take you seriously and your message won’t get across the way you wanted it to.
7 Spelling mistakes to avoid when creating a video
The first, and sometimes hardest step - especially when self-editing your content - is spotting the spelling mistakes you made. That’s why it’s a great idea to have your content, whether it’s an article, essay or video, reviewed by others. This is also a great way to check if your content is structured well and easy to understand.
Before having your content reviewed by someone else, you can already use this list of frequently committed spelling mistakes. Keep the list close when creating and reviewing your video and avoid making these mistakes ever again.
1. Loose and lose
Loose and lose are, although they belong to different lexical categories, commonly misused.
Let’s take a look at loose first:
Loose is an adjective and means that something or someone is not firmly or tightly fixed in place or free from attachment. In other words, loose means that your dog escaped his kennel, your change is clinking in your pocket, or your clothes are too big.
Lose, on the other hand, is a verb that indicates what happens to you when you can't find your keys or when you are beaten in a game. It means that you’ve ceased to have something, are unable to find something or someone or failed to win.
Not only do these words have different meanings, they are also pronounced differently: Loose is pronounced as “loos” while lose is pronounced as “looz”.
2. They're, their and there
You probably know the difference between these three, but it’s worth it to triple check whether you’ve used the right one!
If you’re not sure whether you’ve used the right one at the right time, here is a little reminder:
They’re is a contraction of “they are”, while their is a possessive pronoun that expresses belonging and is almost always followed by a noun. There on the other hand is a pronoun that introduces a clause or a noun and indicates a location.
3. Your and you're
Most people have made this mistake at least once, but, just like the other mistakes, this can undermine your credibility considerably. Here’s how to never mix them up again:
The difference between your and you’re is that your is a pronoun that expresses ownership and that you’re is a contraction of a pronoun and a verb (you are). You’re implies being something instead of owning it (cf. your).
If you’re not sure about which one you have to use in your sentence, you can try to replace them with “my” or “you are” (pronoun and verb). If your sentence makes sense with one of these replacements you’ve used the right one.
4. Its and it's
Not every spellchecker catches this mistake; so don’t rely too much on your spellchecker – in this case nor in the other cases mentioned above or below!
Its is a neutral possessive pronoun used for animals or inanimate objects. It’s on the other hand is a contraction of “it is” or “it has”. Still, a lot of people are confused by the ‘s – normally used when something is possessive – that’s attached to it’s. A way to eliminate this confusion is to replace its or it’s by another possessive pronoun or “it is” or “it has”. If your sentence doesn’t make sense, you’ve probably used the wrong form.
5. Than and then
Although they are very common words, than and then are again two words that are often misused. Of course it doesn’t help that they’re pronounced similarly.
Use than when making a comparison, but then when indicating time: e.g. when describing a sequence of events, or a step-by-step order.
6. A lot
A lot refers to a quantity and is always written in two words. Alot, although used by many, is not an existing word.
7. Weather and whether
We use whether to introduce an indirect question that implies a choice between two options. Weather, on the contrary, is the condition of the atmosphere with respect to temperature, wind etc.